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Scale | FinTech 4.0 (2020)

Meet our #FinTech Scale-ups

The 2020 PwC Scale FinTech 4.0 Programme Cohort has been confirmed. We’re excited to be working with our chosen FinTech businesses to help solve important problems for the financial services industry today. We are so pleased to continue to invest in this programme and are delighted to see interest from over 300 applications this year. However, there could only be 10 startups on our 10 week programme - meet our 2020 chort below.

What is PwC Scale?

The programme is delivered in collaboration with GrowthBuilders and has been designed to bring together Financial Services industry leaders and FinTech scale-ups to drive innovation in the market.

Ten of the best UK-based and international FinTech businesses have been identified to join the 10-week programme. The cohort also have access to a range of expert-led masterclasses on topics such as leadership, sales and marketing, operational growth, professional readiness, valuations as well as exposure to financial services specialists. The programme concludes with The Scale | FinTech Executive Evening when the cohort will pitch to industry leaders from PwC’s global network of clients.

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“Scale programmes in particular have been of immense value for InvestSuite via coaching, guiding and mentoring and access to PwC’s immense network. The key highlight for us has been its first implementation in the emerging markets, where PwC UK and ME conceptualised the partnership with a Middle East banking partner, the digital robo-advisory solution will be the first of its kind in the region.”

CEO Scale FinTech 2019 Alumni

Meet the Cohort


Data privacy and liquidity solution

Anonos enables financial services organisations to expand their digital strategies quickly and lawfully by allowing them to move data across divisions, companies and borders in compliance with the Schrems II ruling.

Their patented data pseudonymisation platform enables organisations to embed controls that eliminate conflicts between data utility and data protection, turning data into a ‘state-of-the-art asset’ that allows for unparalleled portability, utility, accuracy and compliance. This enables organisations to drive digital strategy while remaining secure.

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Blue Fire AI

Investment Decision Making

Blue Fire AI is a pioneering Capital Markets Intelligence firm leveraging advanced AI technologies to reflect and redefine how active investment decisions are made.

Blue Fire AI enables capital markets organisations to assess risk in listed companies, leveraging AI to identify unforeseen risk and provide predictive early warning signs. Their risk technologies are being actively used across the financial services industry to protect against future risks, and to transform investment decision making.

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Feature Analytics

Market abuse and fraud detection

Feature Analytics delivers AI-powered surveillance solutions for financial institutions.

With principles originated in cancer detection, eyeDES® is a unique AI technology and platform that enables detection of any trading abuse in financial markets, fraud and money laundering in financial transactions. Powered by deep analytics and predictive modeling, the surveillance solutions deliver a limited number of high quality alerts, provide improved effectiveness, reduction in operating costs and financial risks.

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Privacy-preserving Biometrics / Passwordless Authentication / Strong Customer Authentication

Keyless is a deeptech cybersecurity company founded by renowned security experts, experienced technologists and business leaders, bringing more than 10 years of research to life.

Keyless pioneers the world's first privacy-preserving biometric authentication and personal identity management platform, combining multi-modal biometrics with advanced cryptography. Keyless’s zero-knowledge biometrics solutions eliminate the need to store and manage sensitive information, enabling businesses to adopt passwordless authentication, protect their remote workforce and enable strong customer authentication with just one look.

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KYC Portal

Onboarding, Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti Money Laundering (AML)

KYC (Know Your Customer) Portal is a real-time, risk-driven Client Lifecycle Management platform with full ownership of policy automation - increasing operational efficiencies and redefining business relationship outreach.

KYC Portal’s solution allows organisations of any size or type to rapidly collate information in a single, centralised, simplified, secure repository. With fully customisable parameters, it takes the guesswork out of the due diligence and compliance process and reduces costs, customer touchpoints and overall duration.

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Policy Enforcement Platform

Controlling and governing digital transfers including payments, data and messaging. Making sure they’re safe, and compliant with internal and external rules, with automated workflows and reduced Operational Risk.

Lacero's Policy Enforcement Platform delivers a 'control firewall' that applies rules, data and active approvals to govern payments, transfers and movements. Our SaaS Platform can be quickly deployed on top of existing systems to make verification and policy enforcement more certain.

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Merkle Science

Crypto risk management, Financial Crime

Merkle Science detects, investigates and prevents cryptocrime.

Merkle Science provides blockchain transaction monitoring and intelligence solutions for crypto asset service providers, financial institutions and government agencies. Their solution combines multiple databases with proprietary algorithms to automate the compliance process, helping to detect, investigate and prevent sophisticated criminal activity in a complex landscape.

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Open banking, Financial accessibility and inclusion

OneBanks supports everyday banking services face to face, where people need it, one customer at a time.

OneBanks provides a new channel through which banks can continue to offer face to face customer service in locations where bank branches have closed. With a brand built on financial inclusion and supporting customers on their journey to a cashless future, OneBanks enables banks to support both SMEs and individuals who depend on, or prefer, face to face contact, in locations that are right for them.

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Payment processing

Paymentology is a global issuer payment processor empowering banks to reconnect with their customers through innovative payment programmes.

Paymentology’s payment processing solution is cloud-native, highly secure and scalable, and enables banks to deliver leading card products to market at speed. With real time data analytics, embedded fraud monitoring and card controls, the solution enables banks to better understand their customers’ behaviour, drive customer acquisition and retention, and manage the potential risks to their business.

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Cross-border payments

thunes is a real-time payment network enabling the seamless movement of funds across borders worldwide.

thunes connects emerging and developed markets with a highly efficient and scaled real-time payments network. Through their interoperable, simple to use API-mediated platform, they connect organisations with a wide array of new markets, new customers and different payment types, including alternative payment methods and local bank payments.

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“FinTechs are increasingly essential to our economy and crucial to future innovation for Financial Services. By bringing together cutting edge technology firms and providing both best practice advice and client networking events, our Scale programme enables high-potential start-ups to accelerate their growth by opening the door to new opportunities. We welcome our FinTech cohort and look forward to working with them.”

Mark LeaverPwC Financial Services Partner and UK FinTech lead


Contact us

Mark Leaver

Mark Leaver

UK Financial Services Technology Leader, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7711 495043

Emma Bennett

Emma Bennett

Senior Business Manager, Financial Services Technology, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7718 979346

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